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Academic Writing with EndNote

A LibGuide to accompany the online workshop for NTU staff and students

Steps to create an EndNote Library

You can create an EndNote Library to store your references. Once EndNote is installed:

1. Launch the EndNote program



2. Click on File > New to create a new EndNote Library.



3. You may rename the Library or retain the default name as My EndNote Library.enl.



4. Two files .enl and .data folder will be automatically created, do ensure that they are saved in one location.

5. Once the EndNote Library is created, you can then customise the view of the EndNote panel, using Layout. Select Bottom:


6. Alternatively, you may change the current view from Bottom to Right Split. This is the 'Right Split' view.



Change citation style

You can change bibliographic styles in EndNote as per your requirements easily. Simply click the drop down menu on the top of the screen.

If you do not see the style that you like, click on Select Another Style and this will open up a menu of hundreds of styles that EndNote offers.

If you do not see your style in this list, the EndNote website offers thousands of styles that you can download as well. You can find the full list here: 

Import a PDF article to EndNote

You can use the 'Import Button' to add an article (PDF) to EndNote


Click Choose and locate the PDF to be imported


Select the PDF to be added to EndNote


For Import Option, select PDF


The selected PDF is then imported to EndNote.

Note: If the DOI (Document Object Identifier) is not present in the PDF it will be imported without the reference details. 



Import a folder of PDF to EndNote

You can import a folder of PDFs to EndNote Library.

From the File menu, select Import and then Folder

Click Choose to select the folder of PDF to be imported

Select the folder of PDF and click OK to import it

All PDFs in the folder are now imported to EndNote. 

Note: If the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) is not present in the PDF it will be imported without the reference details.